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Thursday, September 15, 2016
Countdown to the Start of the New TV Season: 4 days 
ON THIS DAY                                                                          
Four series of note debuted: Western “The Lone Ranger” on ABC in 1949;“Lost in Space” and “Green Acres,” both on CBS and both in 1965; and NBC’s “L.A. Law” in 1986…Peter Falk made his first appearance as Lt. Columbo in 1971 on the “NBC Sunday Mystery Movie”…Phyllis (Cloris Leachman) discovers never-before-seen hubby Lars is having an affair on CBS’“The Mary Tyler Moore Show” in 1973, which featured the introduction of Betty White as “Happy Homemaker” Sue Ann Nivens…Celebrity Birthdays: Oscar winner Tommy Lee Jones is 70; Director Oliver Stone is also 70; Reality star Lisa Vanderpump is 56; England’s Prince Harry is 32.

Did You Know?:
“Green Acres,” starring Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor, was not a spin-off from “Petticoat Junction.”  Although both CBS sitcoms were set in fictional Hooterville and featured crossover appearances, the characters of Oliver and Lisa Douglas were introduced on “Green Acres.”

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RATINGS BOX                                                                            
Note: The daily overnight rating analysis will be returning next Tuesday, Sept. 20.

Wednesday 9/14/16

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 7.7/13, Fox: 3.1/ 5, CBS: 2.9/ 5, ABC: 2.0/ 3, CW: 0.8/ 1

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
NBC: +45, CBS: +16, CW: no change, ABC: – 5, Fox: – 9

For the breakdown by network and individual show, click here


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Source: Nielsen Media Research


UP Greenlights Full Season of “Small Town, Big Mayor”
UP TV has given a full season order to docuseries  “Small Town, Big Mayor,” which follows the energized, fun-loving and ready-to-go Mayor John Henry Berry, his wife and kids, and members of the lovable community. Of D’Lo, Mississippi.  Each episode tackles a different point on the mayor’s plan.  UP has ordered nine additional episodes to join the previously aired pilot. Season one of the series will premiere in 3rd Quarter 2017.

The scoop: Everyone puts their heart and soul into making D’Lo the greatest town in America. Working with the mayor is Mayor Pro Tem Ruth Griffin, who was born and raised in D’Lo. She is a powerful institution in local politics and was the first town board member to endorse John Henry when he announced he was running for mayor. The series also follows Jimmy “B’Baby” Feazall, whose infectious laugh brings a smile to everyone’s face, and Tony Edwards, Jr., who grew up swimming and fishing with the mayor and who now owns a local detailing business located in D’Lo.

“Small Town, Big Mayor” is produced by American Chainsaws Entertainment and Captain Al’s Big Big Pictures. Royal Malloy, Colt Straub and Duke Straub are executive producers, with Alex Eastburg serving as executive producer and showrunner.


Netflix Cancels Drama “Bloodline”
Netflix has opted against a fourth season of Emmy nominated drama “Bloodline,” which will officially conclude after the season three episodes – 10 in total — are made available for streaming in May 2017.  Debuting on Feb. 9, 2015, “Bloodline” followed the exploits of the Rayburn family after the eldest brother and black sheep (Ben Mendelsohn) returns home, exposing the emotional demons at the family’s core. Created by the team behind “Damages,” the series also stars Kyle Chandler, Linda Cardellini, Norbert Leo Butz, Jacinda Barrett, John Leguizamo, Jamie McShane, Enrique Murciano, Sissy Spacek, and Sam Shepard.

Historically, “Bloodline” is only the third Netflix original show to face the axe, following dramas “Lilyhammer” and “Hemlock Grove.”

Turner Licenses Rights to “Star Wars” Franchise
Turner has entered into multi-year licensing agreements for the “Star Wars” movie collection through domestic deals with The Walt Disney Studios and 20th Century Fox that grant TNT and TBS the exclusive linear basic cable and companion ad-supported on-demand rights to “Star Wars.” The agreement with Disney for 10 films includes the network premiere windows to last year’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and this year’s “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” which opens in theaters on December 16.

The Disney agreement also includes five of the six original classic “Star Wars” films, as well as the network television premieres of the next three yet-to-be-released movies.  The installment that launched the franchise, “Star Wars: A New Hope,” comes to Turner through a separate arrangement with 20th Century Fox, making Turner the only company with basic cable rights to all 11 titles in the collection.

The “Star Wars” movies come to Turner beginning Tuesday, September 20, when TNT kicks off six consecutive nights of the original classic films.  The movies will also air in December, in conjunction with Disney’s theatrical release of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” TNT is set to premiere last year’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” in early 2018, followed in 2019 by this year’s “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”

“Star Trek: Discovery” Pushed to May Launch on CBS All Access
“Star Trek: Discovery,” the highly anticipated sci-fi series and next regularly scheduled edition in the “Star Trek” franchise, will debut on the digital platform CBS All Access in May 2017. Originally scheduled for a January launch, the series’ creative team, which includes executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Bryan Fuller, requested the later debut date with the aim to achieve optimum quality for the show.  As originally planned, “Star Trek: Discovery” will premiere on CBS first and then move to the digital platform.  Thirteen episodes have been ordered.

In place of “Star Trek: Discovery,” CBS is moving up its spinoff of “The Good Wife,” starring Christine Baranski and Cush Jumbo. That series will now premiere in February, instead of sometime in the spring.

HBO Delays Start of “Vice News Tonight”
HBO and Vice Media are delaying the launch of their evening newscast until Oct. 10, which will air weeknights at 7:30 p.m. ET.  The original launch date was Sept. 26.

Minus an anchor and operating under the assumption that most viewers will be looking for something other than the top headlines, “Vice News Tonight” won’t just rehash the major stories of the day. Instead, the daily half-hour program assumes that viewers have already read the headlines on their phones and laptops, and want a more well-rounded, in-depth look at what’s happening around the world.

Featured will be a mix of voiceovers, graphics and video packages to focus on national and global news, technology, the environment, economics, and pop culture. When “Vice News Tonight” does tackle daily news, it promises to offer a different perspective than cable or broadcast competitors. Rather than air a segment on Hillary Clinton’s pneumonia diagnosis, for example, Tyrangiel says they might do a segment on the oldest candidates to run for office, or one on late presidential hopeful Paul Tsongas, who suffered a cancer relapse after the 1992 election.

Henry Winker to Honor Garry Marshall at the Emmy Awards
Henry Winkler will pay tribute to “Happy Days” creator Garry Marshall at the Emmys on Sunday, executive producer Don Mischer announced yesterday during the ceremonial unrolling of the red carpet outside the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles.  Winkler, of course, rose to fame as Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli on the 1974-84 Marshall sitcom.  Marshall, who died in July due to complications from pneumonia, racked up five Primetime Emmy nominations over the course of his career (including four for “The Odd Couple”), but never actually won one.

James Corden to Host the “2016 Hollywood Film Awards”
Dick Clark Productions has announced at James Corden to return as host of the Hollywood Film Awards on Sunday, Nov. 6 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.  Now in its 20th year, the awards ceremony is touted as the official launch of the awards season. “Entertaining a room full of the world’s biggest stars is no easy feat, but James Corden commanded the room at last year’s Hollywood Film Awards with incredible grace and wit,” said Allen Shapiro, CEO of Dick Clark Productions. “We are thrilled to have him return for a second consecutive year as host of the Hollywood Film Awards.”

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The Best and Worst of Summer TV
From Campaign US: With the official start of the fall TV season arriving on September 19, now is the time for a recap of summer’s biggest hits and misses.

Naturally, the top draw in the ratings—by a landslide—was The 2016 Rio Olympics. Airing the games across NBCUniversal, NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app was a respectable step forward for NBCU. But what should have been a bona fide winner was marred by Ryan Lochte’s “over-exaggeration” of being robbed at gunpoint in Rio. Lochte’s insult to the host country did little, if anything, to damper the ratings. But it remains to be seen whether audiences will vote to keep him on “Dancing with the Stars” this fall. Judging by this week’s premiere episode, in which the heckling was loud and two protesters stormed the stage, ABC may be in for more controversy than it bargained for.

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Nickelodeon will debut upcoming Gwen Stefani animated series “Kuu Kuu Harajuku” on Monday, Oct. 3, at 4 p.m. ET.  The 26-episode series, co-created and executive produced by Stefani, follows the kuu kuu adventures of the band HJ5 — Love, Angel, Music, Baby and G — through their world of music, fashion and style. “Kuu Kuu Harajuku” will air at 4 p.m. through Friday, Oct. 7, and continue with premieres in its regular Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. time period on Nickelodeon.

We tv will introduce “Money. Power. Respect” on Thursday, Oct. 13 at 10 p.m. ET. From the executive producers of “Love & Hip Hop,” this six-episode, one-hour, New York-based docuseries follows a group of gorgeous and ambitious professional women who help each other, use each other-and sometimes throw each other under the bus-in their efforts to get ahead. Whether dealing with failed partnerships, cheating boyfriends, stolen clients and back-stabbing best friends, these driven women use the tricks of their legal training to always get what they want.

Made for television comedy-drama film “Heritage Falls,” starring David Keith (“An Officer and a Gentleman”), Coby Ryan McLaughlin (“Graceland”) and Keean Johnson (“Switched at Birth”) will debut on INSP on Sunday, October 16 at 8 p.m. ET.  “Heritage Falls” follows three generations of headstrong males as they venture into the American wilderness for a rugged weekend excursion.  The eldest, family patriarch Charlie Fitzpatrick (Keith) is the most celebrated high school basketball coach in Georgia history.  Although he is seen as a father figure to many of his players, his adult son Evan (McLaughlin) does not share local sentiment.  In an effort to mend their relationship, Charlie plans a rustic mountain retreat for he, Evan, and Evan’s son, Markie (Johnson).

Season two of scripted drama “The Art of More,” will premiere Wednesday, November 16. Returning for the new season are stars Dennis Quaid (“Vegas,” “Fortitude”), who also serves as executive producer, Kate Bosworth (Still Alice), Cary Elwes (“The Princess Bride”) and Christian Cooke (“Magic City”). Joining the ensemble are Merritt Patterson (“The Royals,” “Ravenswood”) as Olivia Brukner, the sassy, smart, no-nonsense daughter of Samuel Brukner (Quaid) and Sandrine Holt (“House of Cards,” “Mr. Robot”) as passionate and ambitious art curator, Isabel Perry.  The 10 new hour-long episodes will follow former soldier Graham Connor (Cooke) who shakes off his blue collar, Brooklyn roots and gains access to an elite society through his connections with a smuggling ring he encountered during his tour in Iraq.

My sincerest thanks to Icon International Inc. for inviting me to their office to speak about the history of television.  It was a blast from the past and a look into the future, and a true education for me.
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The New York Jets at the Buffalo Bills kicks-off “Thursday Night Football” on CBS.  “Beauty and the Beast” concludes on The CW.  Drama “Queen of the South” closes season one on USA.  For the complete primetime schedule for Thursday, September 15, click here
The daily trivia question is below “You Might Like.”
The Emmys are Coming!

Which one of the following primetime series has won the most number of Emmy awards?

a) “Cheers”
b) “Frasier”
c) “Game of Thrones”
d) “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”
e) “The Simpsons”

The answer to Tuesday’s question…

Which one of the following short-lived series was actually revived at a later time?

a) “Eerie, Indiana”
b) “The Nashville Palace”
c) “New York News”
d) “The Oregon Trail”
e) “Push, Nevada”

Is…a) “Eerie, Indiana.”  After running on NBC in the 1991-92 season, the half-hour supernatural drama found a new audience in repeats on Fox Kids on Saturday morning.  Fox produced a spin-off called “Eerie, Indiana: The Other Dimension,” which aired for one season in 1998.

Trivia All-Stars
Dino Alexander, Gerry Bixenspan, Matt Bradley, John Brooker, Larry Collins, Mark Cosenza, Andy Ehlen, Kerry Hughes, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, Synda Kollman, Tom Moore, Derek Rogers, Gordon Purcell, Joe Rubi

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Valerie Milano is the well-connected Senior Editor and TV Critic at TheHollywoodTimes.Today, a showbiz/promotions aggregate mainly for insiders. She has written for Communications Daily, Hollywood Today, Television International, and Video Age International plus freelanced for others. Valerie donates and works closely with the Human Rights Campaign (Fed Club Council Member), GLSEN, Outfest, NCLR, LAMBDA Legal and the Desert Aids Project. She is a member of the Los Angeles Press Club. Milano loves meeting people and does so in her fave getaway Palm Springs as a member of the Palm Springs Museum of Art and the Old Las Palmas area community member. For years Valerie was a board member and one of the chief organizers for the Television Critics Association’s press tours. The tours take place twice a year in Beverly Hills/Pasadena.